Home Page | Gallery | PM Inbox | Forum Index  
 

My take on European beers

Share recipes and tips, or memorable restaurant experiences here.

My take on European beers

Postby Sam » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:18 pm

I did not drink for 28 years with my first wife. My new wife likes beer. I found Stella Artrois to be splendid and then IPA like Sweet water 420

Bought Michelob Ultra and tried a Yuengling. The latter had a better taste to me. Mexican beers are OK but I have found the European taste to be a crisper taste. Heineken Light and Becks are now very good to me. I've had one Guinness Stout and one is in the fridge. Also a locally made coffee beer.
User avatar
Sam
M'Learned Friend
 
Posts: 11619
Joined: Thu Jul 29, 2004 9:13 am
Location: memphis, tennessee

Re: My take on European beers

Postby brothers » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:40 pm

I also enjoy the Stella on occasion, and the Mexican XX is one of my all time favorites, both lager and amber.
Gary
brothers
 
Posts: 17400
Joined: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:18 am
Location: Oklahoma City USA

Re: My take on European beers

Postby fallingwickets » Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:21 am

On the subject of beer, over the christmas holidays, all the 'kids' were going nutz about landshark....little delinquents LOL

clive
de gustibus non est disputandum
User avatar
fallingwickets
Clive the Thumb
 
Posts: 7946
Joined: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:59 am

Re: My take on European beers

Postby TheMonk » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:39 am

If I may suggest, try a few Belgian beers like Chimay or Duvel... Very different from the more common beers, denser and more complex, but extremely pleasant, IMO.
David

“Use any means to keep from being a genius, all means to become one.” John Cage
User avatar
TheMonk
 
Posts: 1213
Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:44 am
Location: Porto, Portugal

Re: My take on European beers

Postby Rufus » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:45 am

I can't say that I'm a fan of European, Canadian or American beers, especially laggers and pilsners. They don't seem to have much body or complexity in their taste and are too fizzy. I'm strictly an English bitter, ale and stout man.
Bryan
Rufus
 
Posts: 1927
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:25 pm
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Re: My take on European beers

Postby ShadowsDad » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:11 am

I was stationed in West Germany (yes, I know that dates me, but I never claimed to be a spring chicken) for 2+ years and I got to drink some of the finest beers on the planet. It got to the point where I'd be served "yet another pilsner" (said in boredom). We'd take the train to go to Mainz, cross the square from the bahnfof and go to The Bier Tunnel. It was underground, had great food, and "imported" beers from Munich. Understand that each region or city had their own local brews and that's pretty much all that was available locally. No way was American beer available and it wouldn't have sold except maybe to a GI stuck on base.

Many of the "European" beers available here are actually made here and bear little resemblance to the real deal available in Europe. Our first night in Germany a sgt warned us away from the local Mainzer Aktien brew. He said it was 12% alcohol or whatever it was and to go easy on it. So naturally we had to test what he said. Yup, it certainly wasn't US beer. Within a year it would be "just another Pilsner". Many of the European produced beer is an export version specifically made for the US market. They know that here in the USA we drink our beer cold, which is a huge laugh for them; or it was. Our beer is drunk cold to hide the fact that it doesn't have any flavor. In Europe it's drunk cool at best because it has flavor and people actually want to taste their beer.

I wish I could drink beer today. I love beer, but I simply can't drink more than a few ounces unless I'm dehydrated. At one time I enjoyed making my own beers, and due to my experience in Germany I decided I much preferred the top fermented ales; porter, English amber, stout, and some specialty brews that no one outside of home beer production has ever heard of. They are beers that one actually doesn't want to drink chilled much beyond cool because they actually (IMO) have great taste. Many were the afternoons that I would fill my stein with a homebrew, or 2 or 3, and contemplate the inside of the container while sitting out on the deck and enjoying whatever came out of the Forest.
Brian

Maker of Kramperts Finest Bay Rum and Frostbite http://www.krampertsfinest.com/
Or find it here: Italian Barber, West Coast Shaving, Barclay Crocker, The Old Town Shaving Company at Stats, Maggard Razors; Leavitt & Peirce, Harvard Square
User avatar
ShadowsDad
 
Posts: 2900
Joined: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:13 am
Location: Central Maine

Re: My take on European beers

Postby fallingwickets » Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:31 am

thanks for sharing the experience, Brian. much appreciated

clive
de gustibus non est disputandum
User avatar
fallingwickets
Clive the Thumb
 
Posts: 7946
Joined: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:59 am

Re: My take on European beers

Postby brothers » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:11 am

It's all good! My philosophy is that I go with whatever everybody else is enjoying, wherever I happen to be.
Gary
brothers
 
Posts: 17400
Joined: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:18 am
Location: Oklahoma City USA

Re: My take on European beers

Postby Ouchmychin » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:03 am

The PBS show, Cooks Illustrated, had a taste test of Mexican Lagers recently. They were based on their usual nerdy approach. They found out that all 4 lagers they tested were made by large multinational corporations and contained corn which is used to sweeten the product and save money. All true German lagers are made from barley, yeast and hops only. They liked Tecate best; Corona next and Dos Equis last. Beware that their go to beer is Budweiser. So much for that test.
Ouchmychin (Pete)
User avatar
Ouchmychin
 
Posts: 1595
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:03 pm

Re: My take on European beers

Postby brothers » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:37 pm

My late father-in-law Larry was a real man's man. He had four destroyers sunk from under him as a gunnery mate in the Pacific. Larry liked rum and beer. His wife, my mother in law, was a classic example of Rosie the Riveter at the shipyard. Larry drank whatever beer was available, specifically Jax, Schlitz, Miller, Bud, Pabst, Old Milwaukee, you get the picture. He had utter contempt for so-called connoisseurs who thought they should only drink this or that specific beverage. He had no patience for such nonsense. If there ever was a "people pleaser", you bet it was not him. In that sense, some guys drink what they like regardless of where or how it is made. Or, I might add, without hoping it was pre-approved by anybody else. :D
Gary
brothers
 
Posts: 17400
Joined: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:18 am
Location: Oklahoma City USA

Re: My take on European beers

Postby Ouchmychin » Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:50 pm

I live in Washington State. Imagine my surprise when a job took me to Montana where beers are divided into those served in taverns and those you could buy in a grocery store. When co-workers took me to a bar I tasted real beer for the first time. Schlitz was a wonder then; not the factory product it later became. Same with a lot of national beers. The big boys bought up the smaller breweries one by one as they couldn't compete. Now I believe no brand of beer is anything like the real thing was back then almost 50 years ago.
Ouchmychin (Pete)
User avatar
Ouchmychin
 
Posts: 1595
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:03 pm

Re: My take on European beers

Postby GA Russell » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:42 pm

brothers wrote:My late father-in-law Larry was a real man's man. He had four destroyers sunk from under him as a gunnery mate in the Pacific. Larry liked rum and beer. His wife, my mother in law, was a classic example of Rosie the Riveter at the shipyard. Larry drank whatever beer was available, specifically Jax, Schlitz, Miller, Bud, Pabst, Old Milwaukee, you get the picture. He had utter contempt for so-called connoisseurs who thought they should only drink this or that specific beverage. He had no patience for such nonsense. If there ever was a "people pleaser", you bet it was not him. In that sense, some guys drink what they like regardless of where or how it is made. Or, I might add, without hoping it was pre-approved by anybody else. :D


Gary,

1) Jax was brewed in my hometown, New Orleans, and I drank plenty of it!

2) When I was 16 I would be served without being carded because I would spend the extra nickel on a Michelob!
Rapira Swedish Supersteel
Fitness
Lijun badger
Gillette 1948-1950 Super Speed
User avatar
GA Russell
 
Posts: 2927
Joined: Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:15 pm
Location: Raleigh, NC

Re: My take on European beers

Postby fallingwickets » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:18 am

served without being carded because I would spend the extra nickel on a Michelob!



gets my vote for comment of the year!! :D :D

clive
de gustibus non est disputandum
User avatar
fallingwickets
Clive the Thumb
 
Posts: 7946
Joined: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:59 am

Re: My take on European beers

Postby Ouchmychin » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:48 am

I saw an article on Ayninger Bocks yeaterday. They said that Easter called for a richer flavored spring bock and so was born the double bock. Their version is called Salvetor and it is my favorite.]
Ouchmychin (Pete)
User avatar
Ouchmychin
 
Posts: 1595
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:03 pm

Re: My take on European beers

Postby Gene » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:00 am

With all due respect to Clive, my favorites are:

Stella Artois, Negro Modelo and Shiner Bock. My son calls Negro Modelo liquid bread, since it is a very dark beer.

I drink the Negro Modelo when I have Mexican food (so I drink a lot of it!), the Stella most other times when we are out for dinner and I don't want wine. The Shiner is in the garage fridge - for around the house on a weekend afternoon.

Becks Dark is fourth on the list.
Gene

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress."
Mark Twain

"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people."
Alan Moore
Gene
 
Posts: 1325
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:58 am
Location: Buda, TX


Return to Cooking & Recipes

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest